Reviving the Mughal flavours, Taksh expands its reach with a second restaurant in the State.
Indian delicacies reminiscent of the Nizami hearth, or the grills of Punjab, has always been a local favourite. And that is why it is no surprise that the couple of months old multi-cuisine restaurant, Taksh, has won over the foodies in the city. “Our mantra is to stick to basics and get them right,” says co-owner Koti Rao, who runs the restaurant along with friend Tummala Yugandhal. The Banjara Hills outlet is their first in Hyderabad, after its original one in Khammam, another district of the State. The ambience has evident Rajasthani influence and is opulent. The colour combination of ivory, beige and cream is beautifully complemented by the golden gleam of the chandeliers. The curtains create the illusion of separate chambers and the royal touch is reflected in the pristine crockery of white and gold.
While the menu also had Chinese cuisine, we zeroed in on the the Nizami and Punjabi offerings. “We get the best of the spices, herbs and other components that go into our dishes,” Rao explains, adding that we could customise the spice preferences to suit our taste. From the
gravies to the pulaos, there’s a lot on offer. We started our lunch with the Murgh Banjara Kebab – fried pieces of chicken, soft and crispy, and lightly peppered with spices. After this dish of deep-fried perfection, we sampled the Ulavacharu Chicken Biryani. Fragrant and light, the rice staple was a hit with us. The special Mughlai Vegetable, finely chopped vegetables in thick gravy, can be paired with tandoori roti and made for a filling main course. That apart, the chef’s special, Lahori Chicken Tikka, also could be a good fit for the Indian bread.
After this rich and satisfying meal, it was time to indulge the sweet tooth – with the Kaddu Ka Kheer. The garnish with finely sliced cardamom and nuts made it quite a delicious preparation of grated bottle gourd cooked in flavoured milk, till it is thick and consistent. “We plan to branch out to Bengaluru and Delhi by the end of 2017,” lets in Rao, who is happy with the increasing footfalls.Price for two: Rs Rs 1,000. Details: 8688186881
— Paulami Sen